Kenyatta said last week that the East African commercial hub will now give visas on arrival to all Africans. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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For years African leaders have toyed with the idea of free movement by citizens across the continent, even raising the possibility of a single African passport.For a continent whose leaders often speak fondly of "African brotherhood" and once pondered the idea of a United States of Africa, the visa policies of many countries for many years suggested little progress in implementing the continentwide, visa-free ideal advocated by the AU.African Union figures show Africans need visas to travel to 54 percent of the continent.While visiting Rwanda last year, Benin's President Patrice Talon said his West African country would no longer require visas for other Africans.Offering visas on arrival to all Africans could attract the continent's small but growing middle class.Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and another of its strongest economies, maintains visa requirements before arrival for many nations across the continent.Still, many are hopeful for a borderless Africa and urge those regional leaders to follow Kenya's lead.
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